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Nominations Approved by State Board

The “Multiple Property Submission” of eight Lautner homes to the State Historic Resources Commission was approved in Sacramento this morning, January 29, 2016.  The eight properties are the John & Mary Lautner House, the Foster Carling House, the Schaffer House, the Harvey House, the Harpel (Hollywood) House, the Pearlman Mountain Cabin, the Elrod House, and the Walstrom House.

The commission noted that seven letters had been received in support of the nominations.

The primary authors of the application, Lauren Bricker and Luis Hoyos, both teachers of architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, were present, as was Christine Lazzaretto of Historic Resources Group, who prepared the final revisions, and Judith Lautner representing the John Lautner Foundation. Students in the Cal Poly classes did the initial research and preparation of the application. Commissioners complimented the Cal Poly professors on their efforts in introducing their students to this process.

Staff offered a clip from the movie "Diamonds are Forever" in its presentation of the project.
Staff offered a clip from the movie “Diamonds are Forever” in its presentation of the project.

The multiple property submission will now be forwarded to the State Historic Preservation Officer for nomination to the National Register. The final determination is made 45 days after receipt by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C. As there have been no objections to the listing and the properties meet the criteria of the National Register they are expected to be listed.

The success of this application opens the door for additional applications by Lautner building owners and others. Much of the base work has been done. The Foundation is happy to assist with research and other aspects of the process. Please contact the Foundation through this form if you would like more information: 

National Register Nominations to go to State

The Foundation is pleased to announce the submission of eight Lautner buildings,  a “Multiple Property Submission”,  to the National Register of Historic Places.  The application is to be heard on the State Historic Resources Commission agenda on January 29, 2016, in Sacramento.  Members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will start at 9 am at

Sacramento City Hall Council Chamber
915 I Street
Sacramento, Ca 95814

Carling Residence

The application was prepared by  two Cal Poly professors: Lauren Weiss Bricker and Luis Hoyos, with assistance from their students, and with revisions by Christine Lazzaretto of Historic Resources Group.  It was a joint project of the Cal Poly professors and The John Lautner Foundation, which provided information and funding where needed.

Schaffer Residence
Schaffer Residence
Harpel Residence
Harpel Residence

The eight buildings are:

  • Lautner House
  • Foster Carling House
  • Schaffer House
  • Harvey House
  • Harpel House
  • Pearlman Mountain Cabin
  • Elrod House
  • Walstrom House
Harvey Residence
Harvey Residence



The application is the culmination of several years’ work, primarily by Bricker and Hoyos, and contains historical and architectural detail of each building, along with photographs.  If the state commission approves the nomination it will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register, who will approve or deny the application.

It is rare for a nomination to be denied after the state office has approved it. If the application is approved, the listing will pave the way for further nominations of Lautner buildings. The Foundation intends to pursue additional nominations either on its own or in collaboration with others and encourages all owners of Lautner buildings to look into the potential for listing their Lautner property. We are happy to assist.

John and Mary Lautner Residence







The application is expected to be on the “consent” agenda, which means that it will not be discussed separately. However, any consent item can be pulled from the agenda and discussed.  Bricker and Hoyos expect to be at the meeting, along with representatives from Historic Resources Group, and members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

Walstrom Residence

While not required, support in the form of letters is encouraged.  There is no required format for such letters. We have provided a sample letter (in Microsoft Word format) to get you started.

Letters should be sent to

State Historical Resources Commission
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Or you can send comments by email to calshpo@parks.ca.gov

Elrod Residence


The Foundation’s primary purpose is the preservation of Lautner buildings along with the education of the public on the value and importance of Lautner’s architecture. Listing of these eight homes will provide a level of protection for the buildings as well as increased visibility of this architecture.  We are therefore very excited about this application and mark it as a significant point in the Foundation’s history.

Pearlman Mountain Cabin

Cal Poly Students Develop National Register Nominations for Lautner Buildings

Two Cal Poly Pomona professors are teaching students how to develop a “Multiple Property Submission” for ten Lautner homes, for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Professors Lauren Weiss Bricker and Luis Hoyos offered a two-quarter course studying Lautner architecture, including visits to the Getty Special Collections to view plans and photographs, visits to individual Lautner homes, and instruction in the development of applications to the National Register. The work ranged from research of the historical and architectural context to the study of individual details in a home.

Cal Poly students visited San Dimas home with Lautner addition and remodel

The winter quarter class just ended with a review of the students’ work at Hoyos’s home (the home includes an addition and some remodeling designed by Lautner).  At this review the students offered short presentations on the historical context, then went into greater detail on five homes: Lautner (L.A.), Pearlman, Tyler, Harpel (Hollywood), and Walstrom. The event concluded with discussion about the application and a tour of Hoyos’ home.

Students present findings at review
Students make presentations on Lautner homes

There are many advantages to owners of homes on the National Register, and no real restrictions. Owners can modify or even demolish National Register homes (although by doing so they may lose their NR status, of course). They can receive tax advantages and the registration can help with inclusion of the home on a local cultural monuments list, which may provide additional protections and incentives as well. For more information on the value of National Register status, download this helpful guide, developed by Christine Madrid French of the National Trust.

Exhibit in Palm Springs Takes Different Approach

From Palm Springs Exhibit

The Hammer museum exhibit, Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner, is ending its travels in the Palm Springs Art Museum. Because the exhibit space and lighting is different from what was available at the Hammer the exhibit is laid out differently.

There is an entrance area showing early influences on Lautner, as at the Hammer, then a spiral-shaped path winds its way through the center room, where many plans, sketches, and working models are displayed. The models are in glass cases, allowing close viewing. Finally, an outer ring contains the large-scale exhibit models with their photographic scenic backdrops. Film loops are shown on transparent screens rather than on the wall. Very little material from the original exhibit has been excluded from this smaller-sized version.

The exhibit continues through May 30, 2010. Get an idea of how the exhibit looks through the Foundation’s picasaweb album: